Legendary drummer Simon Kirke is best known for his work behind the kit with the iconic bands Free and Bad Company but he is truly a unique and versatile musician. His latest solo release “All Because of You” is a fascinating musical journey with softer pop songs and tunes with a real country and folk feel.

 The new album features Simon on not only lead vocals and drums but also on guitar, keyboards, and even the ukulele with the brilliant band Empty Pockets backing him up. The record was recorded over only four studio sessions with a very cohesive, modern touch. The title track features jangly acoustic guitars and a sing along catchy chorus . The whole album has a very light, laidback feel to it and even includes a ukulele version of the Bad Company classic “Feel Like Making Love.” Whatever the track, Kirke proves on point vocally and musically as the songs all have a very natural flow to them. “Trouble Road” has a harder edge to it with a guest appearance by Warren Haynes on guitar and Simon even delves far from rock and roll territory with a children’s song “Friends In The Woods” which has a nice folky vibe. My personal favorite was the poignant and romantic “Melting on Madison” with exquisite horns and piano making it a perfect song to relax with your partner and enjoy a nice glass of wine.

  “All Because of You” is beautifully done with soulful vocals and masterful musicianship and is a hidden gem for true lovers of music.   


About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978. My top five live shows ever are: 1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome. 2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours. 3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 - The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked! 4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live. 5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.